Definition of neutralism in English:



mass noun
  • A policy of political neutrality.

    ‘the arms deal was likely to encourage neutralism in the area’
    • ‘Economic growth was the American way of inoculating them against communism, neutralism, socialism, and other potentially anti-American political orientations.’
    • ‘His policy of anti-American neutralism, which aimed to keep Cambodia out of the war, led him to permit the Vietnamese Communists to station troops on Cambodian soil.’
    • ‘Once more, then, neutralism was coupled with internationalism to define U.S. military policy.’
    • ‘This attitude arose both from the exigencies of the Cold War, especially the danger that allied states might be tempted by neutralism, and from a heartfelt commitment to democratic procedures.’
    • ‘Hitchens closed his opening statement by criticizing ‘the tendency of today's left to take refuge in neutralism and isolationism.’’
    • ‘Pacifism absolutises peace at the expense of justice, and neutralism turns fence-sitting into moral superiority.’
    • ‘In Bombay he reminded his audience that a vote for Congress was also a vote for it, and his, foreign policy of peace and principled neutralism.’
    • ‘But the WEA leadership, uncomfortable with political comment, preferred a blanket adherence to official neutralism, exacerbating strained relations with their energetic editor, William Emrys Williams.’
    • ‘Wisner agreed that a standing Congress could pull European opinion away from neutralism, but ordered Lasky and Burnham removed from prominent positions in any ongoing project.’
    • ‘Outside these areas, a haze of neutralism or moderate royalism prevailed, inspired by a number of well-established families, who did their best to collect together men and money for the king.’
    • ‘In the twentieth century they went from high-handed neutralism to reluctant participation in a European adventure.’
    • ‘It was the Vietnam War which made Sihanouk's neutralism untenable, as Cambodia was used by Vietminh and Vietcong forces as a supply route from North to South Vietnam, and received its fair share of US carpet bombing in return.’
    • ‘Diana Trilling responded to Rahv's review in the July 1956 issue by calling the book an example of the kind of neutralism in world affairs that often masked pro-Communism.’
    • ‘It also served as a lever to check any possible German drift to neutralism, and Mitterrand addressed the Bundestag on 20 January 1983 to urge acceptance of the American missiles on their soil.’
    • ‘J. Budziszewski outlines the case that toleration depends not on doubt, nor skepticism, nor ethical neutralism, but on belief.’
    • ‘A Gallup poll taken in the United States in September, 1939, showed that 94 per cent of Americans supported neutralism.’
    • ‘I say that they stand for neutralism where no such thing is possible or desirable, and I say the hell with it.’
    • ‘It called on writers and intellectuals to abandon neutralism and say No to Stalin as they had once said No to Hitler.’
    • ‘Not just communism but ‘anything hostile to British or American policy’ could be the target of joint efforts; the neutralism of France's new newspaper of prestige, Le Monde, was thought to be particularly subversive.’